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While breastfeeding isn’t meant to hurt, the truth is, that sometimes it just does. Breast engorgement, nipple pain, blocked ducts and mastitis are just some of the reasons that postpartum mums might experience discomfort while nourishing their bubs.
And when those ducts block, new mums will do anything they can to massage and drain the breast at the blocked area to move that milk towards the nipple before they end up with a case of mastitis.
When it comes to effective breast massage, it appears one handy beauty device from PMD Beauty has hit a home run with its multiuse Clean Pro Device!
The Clean Pro’s ActiveWarmth technology that aids in deeper penetration of body oils and moisturisers also works to help ease a blocked milk duct!
The PMD Clean Pro combines antibacterial silicone bristled cleansing with warming technology for facial/body massage and it turns out that it’s quite handy for moving milk along passed those blocked ducts too.
New mum, health and wellness influencer, Lauren Vickers discovered the devices multiuser benefits for herself while feeding new baby Maverick.
“It was a life saver for me, mastitis is bloody painful!” she tells Bounty Parents.
Blocked ducts occur for several reasons, like going too long in between feedings or experiencing an incorrect latch. Sometimes a blocked duct may become infected – this is called mastitis.
A clogged milk duct, also called a blocked duct or a plugged duct, occurs when the milk flow out of your breast has been obstructed in a certain place. You may feel this as a sharp pain, and may notice a lump or a red patch on your breast.
Clogged milk ducts are painful and make feeding and pumping unpleasant, but it’s essential to keep trying as a blocked duct and can lead to mastitis if it’s not cleared quickly.
You may have a swollen, red area on your breast, a high temperature, and feel really unwell. See your GP as you may need anti-inflammatories or antibiotics, but don’t stop feeding from the affected side. Medications for mastitis are safe for breastfed babies.
It is really important to keep the milk moving in that breast, either by the baby feeding and/ or expressing or pumping.
As an added bonus to a new mama’s self-care routine the ActiveWarmth technology that aids in deeper penetration of body oils and moisturisers also works to help ease a blocked milk duct!
Users have found this extra efficient when they try the massage techniques in a shower or warm and steamy environment.
The beauty device is made from silicone which is gentle on the skin and naturally antibacterial, antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, waterproof and odour-resistant!
For more information or help seven days a week, call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 1800 686 268 FREE or visit the Australian Breastfeeding Association website.